Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Having a smooth, shiny, lustrous surface.
  • adjective Superficially and often speciously attractive; showy.
  • noun A photographic print on smooth, shiny paper.
  • noun Chiefly British A popular magazine printed on smooth-coated stock.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Possessing a gloss; smooth and shining; reflecting luster from a smooth or polished surface.
  • Having a fair or specious appearance; plausible.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Smooth and shining; reflecting luster from a smooth surface; highly polished; lustrous
  • adjective Smooth; specious; plausible.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Having a smooth, silklike, reflective surface.
  • noun chiefly UK a glossy magazine

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective reflecting light
  • noun a magazine printed on good quality paper
  • adjective (of paper and fabric and leather) having a surface made smooth and glossy especially by pressing between rollers
  • noun a photograph that is printed on smooth shiny paper
  • adjective superficially attractive and stylish; suggesting wealth or expense

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

gloss +‎ -y

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